Are there people that shouldn’t use cannabis?
Of course there are. Minors shouldn’t use pot, unless they are medicating under the direct supervision of a medical professional. Pregnant women. And that’s about it. Everyone else should smoke weed every day. I am mostly kidding with that last statement.
In his book, Marijuana: Gateway to Health, author Clint Werner has a chapter discussing who shouldn’t use weed. His biggest point is that while cannabis is not addictive, people can use it to avoid responsibilities.
“If you spend all day doing bong hits and watching reruns of Spongebob, then you probably have a marijuana problem”.
I think he’s right, although my friend and fellow activist Mikki Norris also has a point when she says, “Don’t blame pot for your problems. If you sit around the house doing nothing all day, it’s not the weed. It’s because you are lazy and irresponsible.”
They are both right.
Also, people who are bi-polar, exhibit signs of heavy depression or schizophrenic - or have family members with mental illness - should be concerned about heavy cannabis use. Some people with such disorders claim cannabis helps them, but many, many others have found that pot makes underlying mental illness worse. ###
Do I really need to hold all the smoke in when I take a hit?
Lily Little Lungs
Dear Lili Little Lungs,
Comedian James Wesley Jackson once asked: “Wouldn’t it be funny if it wasn’t the weed that got us high, but holding our breath for so long?” There’s no need to hold the hit in until you start to pass out. You will just irritate your lungs and cough all over the person next to you. All the studies I could find say you should hold a hit in for about 7 to 10 seconds, although you don’t have to. One good inhale and exhale should do the trick.